I think I’ve passed over this wine for a while because the name and label seemed pretty corny or bland to me. However, after I liked the 2008 l’Ora so much, and noticed that this wine was from the same designation (area of Italy), I had to try it. I’m glad I did.
I thought this was a very interesting version of Chardonnay. It’s easy for me to imagine that stylistically it’s between the wines of Alto Adige and those of Veneto, closer to the former. (That’s how it is geographically.) The wine shows restrained and balanced flavors of yellow apple, lemon, and some green apple. Especially with a little more air, it has a good tropical fruit component of cherimoya and golden kiwi. There’s also some minerality / un-toasted oak, or at least that’s my best guess. Overall an interesting, tasty, and definitely non-Californian version of Chardonnay.
The next day, the rest of the wine was smoother and more forward, but otherwise quite similar.